HZDG Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Great team, good leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Pros

    Office culture is key here. You'll love the people you work with. Leadership from the top is hit or miss, but if you can roll with the punches, you'll succeed here.

    Cons

    Leadership has suffered from shiny object syndrome in the past, but the business success is undeniable. They're a powerhouse creative shop.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Get your foot in the door, then get out.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD

    I worked at HZDG full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company has great clients and produces great (cool) work.

    Nice Christmas presents and holiday parties.

    Summer Fridays.

    Casual dress environment.

    Great place to get your foot into the industry.

    You will work with some very creative and smart people.

    Cons

    This place is basically high school all over again. I have never worked in an environment where even upper management participated in the gossip.

    Starting salary is a complete joke. I have a college degree and I am pretty sure trash men make more as their salary.

    There is no work/life balance.

    Location is not the best unless you live in Maryland.

    Favoritism is played to its fullest. If you aren't "in"....good luck.

    Benefits? What benefits?

    Everyone just works to get the work out, there is absolutely no strategy behind anything they do.

    People who have "power" take it WAY too seriously...talking down to workers is a common theme.

    Communication from management down is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck finding people who are going to stick around long term if treatment towards your workers does not improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. The most bizarre and draining place to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cool people that you'll bond quickly with because every mid-level to Jr creative is miserable.

    Free beer?

    Cons

    Deplorable starting pay (think under 30k)
    Cultish work culture
    Third-rate benefits
    Cramped open office
    Stressful beyond agency standards
    Micromanaging management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.
    Stop burning out designers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work if you are a designer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Pros

    Very creative environment. Some very interesting clients. There are a lot of talented people working there.

    Cons

    It's like high school. If you are a designer or someone within the circle of love, you are set. Otherwise, everyone else is completely dispensable. Very bad work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some outsiders/consultants to provide some untainted perspective on how to manage and grow the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Cool place, but pay nothing & show no appreciation unless you're buddy-buddy with the president.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Cool place and fun work for the most part. Some very bright, creative people there.

    Cons

    They pay WAY BELOW industry standards and management doesn't show appreciation for all the hard work and long hours employees put in. Extremely clicky. Feels like high school all over again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites!!! Those are the people that are only concerned with socialing and appearance - not working their butt off like the rest of us. These are the people you should appreciate! And pay your employees what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Complete disaster.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG full-time

    Pros

    Nice client roster, some pretty creative folks, decent pay

    Cons

    There is ZERO strategic thinking done at this company. This is a group of trend-hopping, reactive thinkers. And the senior management knows it. There is no confidence in the work, so they burn mountains of time on spec work. It's quantity over quality here.

    They'll tell you they do digital, and full service advertising, but they don't. They're more interested in guessing broadly than presenting strong, insightful work.

    There is no understanding of what makes a big idea, how it's integrated into a campaign, or how to turn that into a functioning process that teams can use for growing business. From the top down, there is no communication, no trust, no direction, no organization, no collaborative spirit and no redeeming element.

    Please, i'm begging you. Stay away from this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. You might learn something.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Motivated and Driven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HZDG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you put in the work, you reap the benefits. They truly live by the work, hard play hard mantra. Generally the company is equally driven by client satisfaction, community recognition and employee satisfaction. It's still a creative agency though, so timelines can be tough. Work load can be heavy. Upper management has been known to go out of their way to thank those who go the extra mile.

    Cons

    It's an agency. Long hours and a little stress come with the job. Some can get caught up in "what's hip" or "new" and try and follow suit - to a project detriment. Client facing reps can sometimes have a limited understanding of technology which hurts communication. Creatively and technologically they pivot a lot, unafraid to try new things which can be hard to keep up with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help those struggling to keep up, and don't let those who regularly burn the midnight oil feel unappreciated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Cool.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HZDG

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Fun projects
    Cool after work activities

    Cons

    Long hours
    Low pay
    Bad communication
    Crowded, open work space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization and communication with your employees is key, don't leave them in the dark!

  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Awful.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HZDG full-time

    Pros

    Free beer. Creative space. Activities. Fantastic design talent.

    Cons

    Totally disorganized. Services are sold to clients w/o the staff and resources to support them. No business doing digital work. Strategy is non-existent.

    The worst part of working at HZ are the politics. I've never worked somewhere as paralyzed by it's own insecurity. It's literally impossible to facilitate any changes at the organization, and any new ideas are met with suspicion and competitiveness.

    Communication is a huge problem at HZDG. Nobody knows what the heck is going on, who is in charge, and what to do next. The growth of the organization has completely hamstrung the quality of work.

    Most people are dissatisfied with their jobs there, but I doubt the leadership is aware or cares.

    Most of the positive reviews on Glassdoor were commissioned by the owner, Karen Zuckerman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know what to tell you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Vanity is THE most important thing.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at HZDG full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a creative bunch. The design and concepts are really good. They also have some cool clients.

    Cons

    *Notice all the high rates that were posted in May, 2013. Notice the photos added by HZ in May, 2013. You don't think HZ asked people to add high rates to Glassdoor do you? No....this must be a coincidence, right? Ah...yeah, right.

    Total high school atmosphere. If your not a designer, don't have "the look" or you don't act a certain way...then forget it. You'll be swimming up stream and you won't last. The whole place is a "click". It is a Design company...PERIOD. They have great designers who they cultivate and that's it. There is no strategy. If someone screws up, management points fingers, places blame on you and will eventually let you go in order to look good to their clients. They do not help people learn from their mistakes and cultivate people like most places do. They move on to the next person who looks good and excepts a low salary.

    Absolutely no team environment. Designers help one another and people in "the click" help one another. That's it. Your on your own. From day one you are set up to fail.

    Worst place I've ever worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On the services side, management has the cushiest job. They do whatever the owners ask. They don't have to forward think or manage people. Isn't that what a manager is suppose to do? Your management team does not teach and cultivate your employees. They just point the finger, fire and find replacements. Shame on them for not taking responsibility for doing what their suppose to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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